I chose the article The Basics of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: A Briefing Paper. I chose this article to read because I want to work with younger children and I have already been exposed to working with younger children. Knowing the information that was provided in the article will help me in my career and with children in general. According to the article, more than a million neutral connections are made every second in the first year of the child’s life. This is a pretty amazing concept because there are only three hundred and sixty-five days in a year and if in the first year they make over a million connections, that is impressive. The first experiences a child has, the connections to their caregivers are the most important relationships, that kind of lays out how they will be once they grow older. As the children age, they mature in all aspects, mentally, emotionally and physically. This prepares them for learning and for school. What makes most children successful in schools, promoting a good emotional health, this is essential for success in children’s lives.
Mental health in children is important, if there are early signs of emotional problems, they should be taken care of at a younger age, because as they get older, they end up having to spend more time with a therapist and the help becomes more expensive. The IECMH, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, studies children from birth to five years old. According to the article, young children who live in families with parental loss, abuse, trauma or mental illness are more likely to develop the mental health disorders. This is sad because there are so many children in the world who live in homes where a parent(s) are alcoholics, drug users, or some other form of addict. This leaves the child mentally and emotionally tethered because of the constant inconsistency of their household. I believe that this has such a large effect on children from birth to five years old due to the fact that they don’t understand what is going on or where their mommy or daddy is. Many children lose their parents to addictions, which causes emotional trauma for children. I know I was 15 when I lost my mother and that had a major effect on my life, so I could only imagine what it would be like for a child to lose a parent. They wouldn’t understand what happened or why their mommy or daddy wasn’t coming back.
Mental health is such an important part of your personal health. When it comes to children, I believe that it should be approached as a normal thing, this is so the child doesn’t feel pressured or like they are the only ones who are going through a rough time. Many children who don’t have to worry about their parents, if they are going to have a meal that night or anything else normally don’t have any mental problems. I believe that mental health in children all begins with the parenting at the very beginning. If a mother bonds with her child and gives them the attention they need they hopefully won’t have any problems. Some of the problems that show some concerns are from birth to three years old are chronic sleeping difficulties, being rowdy towards other children, shows no emotion, and not adapting to new situations. Then in children three to five years old they have difficulty playing with others, little or no communication, anxious in some situations and has compulsive activities. Seeing this list makes me think of a bunch of children that I have come in contact with in my time. I know some children who are in behavioral classes at the age of one and two because they don’t know how to act around other children and are socially awkward so to say.
Children’s mental health is overlooked because many people believe that it is impossible to see a mental disorder in a child, but if you watch the way that children interact and how they act in general, they may show early signs of a disorder. The earlier that a child receives help, the better off the child is because they are getting through what could cause them to have major depression or lead to another major mental disorder. The IECMH should be covered by Medicaid because it is a form of healthcare, but people don’t agree that mental health is as important as physical health. This article had given me insight on how to spot children who may be suffering from a mental illness, or a child that may need help. Especially with me going into elementary education, I will now know how to detect signs of disorders/illnesses and try to make sure that the child receives the help they need.
“The Basics of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: A Briefing Paper.” Zero to Three.